One in, one out: United announce loan exit for Fish and new coaching role for McShane

There have been a couple of big announcements at Manchester United in the last 24 hours.

Jadon Sancho’s arrival was finally confirmed yesterday and a new contract for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was announced earlier today.

But there have also been other comings and goings at Old Trafford, which might have gone under the radar.

On the playing side, young central defender Will Fish has joined Stockport County on loan for the season ahead.


County manager Simon Rusk told the club website: “I’m delighted to have Will on board for the upcoming season.

“We are all really excited to work by his potential and to have the opportunity to work with him and develop his talents. I wish him well on the next stage of his career with us here at County.

“We’d like to thank Manchester United for their help in getting this deal done, and for the trust they’ve placed in us to develop and look after one of their most exciting prospects.

Also, former United defender Paul McShane has returned to the club in a hybrid coaching and playing role on the academy side.

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The club confirmed that McShane has taken up an ‘innovative’ new role to its Professional Development Phase, from Under 17 to Under 23.

Still just 35, McShane can still play but will only represent United’s Under-23s side as one of three permitted over-age outfield players in Premier League 2.

He said: “I am extremely pleased to be rejoining a club that means so much to me. The opportunity to work with young players, whilst also playing in certain games, is the perfect role.

“It feels very special to be back to where I began my professional career and I can’t wait to get started in supporting these talented players to reach their immense potential.”

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McShane came through the ranks at United but didn’t make a senior appearance for the club.

That’s the same as another man who has returned to Old Trafford this summer, Tom Heaton.

Solskjaer is clearly trying to surround himself with as many people who have a connection with and a love for United.

He also brought Darren Fletcher back to the club in January this year, and the changes on the coaching side have continued with the arrival of McShane.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.